Flush­ing valve sticks

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin: Experts -

QAfter I leave my boat unat­tended for a few weeks with all the power dis­con­nected, the Tecma Mac­er­a­tor toi­let will not flush un­til I give the so­le­noid valve a smack with a screw­driver han­dle. Oc­ca­sion­ally the re­verse hap­pens: wa­ter will not stop flush­ing and again a smack does the trick. Could it be limescale? Is it pos­si­ble to strip the valve? FERMAIN, via the CB web­site

ATONY REPLIES… Your di­ag­no­sis may well be cor­rect, but it may also be a swollen valve washer/seal. The valve will be a replaceable item, and I would hope they are strip­pable: Tecma list an over­haul kit for cer­tain mod­els so that sug­gests so.

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